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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Cultivating a Planning and Scheduling Culture

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” Someone once said. Those words immediately disqualify this writer from even going ahead, yeah, because I too often fail to plan. Good thing I am not alone (not a consolation), I know several other busybodies that most definitely think 10 minutes of planning for your day is not really “it”. Most would probably give the excuse of “guess I am not just the “sit-down-and-write-type” But if all your staff said that, guess what kind of organization you would have? That’s why it’s important to revisit and cultivate the scheduling and planning culture in your organization if greater output is to be achieved, may be a few advantages of this discipline discussed below would help kick start some of us – yes, at a personal level. Here are a few things that may come to mind when we talk about planning and scheduling. Order Planning brings order and drives out chaos, our modern world is full of distractions, and planning will help you sieve priorities when three other web pages are open on your taskbar. Evaluation How are you able to evaluate what you never planned in the first place? Personal planning has a way of helping us consider what’s been going on – because it’s easy to have activity without fruit. Strategy Unless you’ve tracked your trail backwards, you won’t be able to move forward. Strategies going ahead are inspired by looking at the success and failure behind us. And only planning and scheduling can enable you draw am effective strategy in light of what has been going on. Clarity With the distraction of the internet and the various commitments that often demand our attention […]

Employee attitudes and the workplace

We will call him Oscar. Oscar is the new intern sitting in the corner near the executive corner. Shem, his boss asks him to help him out with a cup of tea as he is rushing for a midday meeting, Oscar clicks away the mouse, still leaning back in his chair and instead asks a question about his slow computer. You know what that communicates? Oscar has just prioritized something else and he is just an intern –for crying out loud. We haven’t even talked about your female workmate who is always stumping her Prada in the corridor as every one else pounds away at their keyboard. What about Tony who occasionally breaks out in loud chuckles in the room as he looks up on internet jokes? My free online dictionary defines Attitude as  “A position of the body or manner of carrying oneself” Of course the earlier may not mean much in workplace terms, but “manner” would do, even the most gifted of employees can only go so far with the wrong attitude. Attitudes eventually define the environment as sanity, order, courtesy take priority, so guess no employer need to worry about the workplace environment after they have ensured good staff attitudes, but before that, How may all this happen? How practical can employee attitude enforcement be? Demeanor Most people know this word only in legal circles, but  it’ s a uniform discipline, how we carry ourselves, what we speak goes a long way in telling who we are. Being a Friday doesn’t mean your birthday vest is a good thing to wear- at work. Pocketing and kicking your shoe sole while speaking to your seniors is not anything near to respect too. Man looks on the outside, even the good book says Time It’s […]

EVALUATION: After all has been said and done

So you’ve done all there is in terms of marketing your company. The Facebook likes are growing and your inquiry lines are jamming. And  thank goodness, it’s all somehow  reflecting on your company bank account. How do you go from there? We’ve long talked about internal communication, making most out of social media,  great websites -all as means towards imaging your company profile. But after all this done, how do you know the impact that it is having in   very measurable ways. How do you condense your recent campaign into figures, statistics and paragraphs that can easily be digested by your management? In case they need to forge a way forward. 1.    Do you have a distinctive and disruptive sense of purpose that sets you apart from your rivals?   Image Source: 2.     Do you have a vocabulary of competition that is unique to your industry and compelling to your employees and customers? 3.     Are you prepared to reject opportunities that offer short-term benefits but distract your organization from its long-term mission? 4.     If your company went out of business tomorrow, who would really miss you and why? Great questions helpful in keeping us on track with our evaluation like these are always good to keep at the back of our minds. It’s is such thinking that will enable you have an effective evaluation of your company goals. And that goes a long way in enabling effective image- building not only to your external public but your internal public. What would it look like for us to undertake campaigns, events, et al after getting a thorough  understanding on how we will measure our impact-this way Would our organization look different?